The final few weeks of 2011 brought us more of the same from Josh Mandel’s ethically challenged campaign—a refusal to stand up for Ohio’s middle class while ignoring criticism over his decision to abandon his job as Treasurer and run for Senate after just weeks on the job.
In fact, Josh Mandel’s campaign literally admitted that he will continue to dodge the press. It’s no secret that Josh Mandel has a history of refusing to answer questions about numerous pressing issues facing our state, but a recent Plain Dealer story takes it to an entirely new level. Responding to the PD’s assertion that Josh Mandel has refused to take a position on extending the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits, or Chinese currency manipulation, Mandel’s handlers flat-out confirmed that his stonewall would continue throughout the campaign.
“For the next year we're not going to pretend like he's there and voting on every bill that's introduced or that's on the floor. We'll leave that to Senator Portman, Speaker Boehner, the Congressional delegation, and Senators like Sherrod Brown…”
There you have it straight from the Mandel campaign. Whether it’s because Josh Mandel doesn’t “have any idea what’s going on” or he’s simply content with “throwing cheap shots” and “refusing to stand up” and discuss the issues, Josh Mandel has made it clear he wants to be elected Senator despite refusing to stand up for the middle class on the most important matters facing Ohio.
Mandel’s arrogant belief that he shouldn’t be held accountable on the issues (much like his refusal to disclose his finances) drove the Akron Beacon Journal to blast him in a recent editorial.
“Mandel missed the deadline for filing his financial disclosure papers with the Senate. More, he couldn’t find time to speak in Akron, telling the Press Club no thanks, seven months after the invitation arrived. If he did speak? He would need to elevate his game. What distinguishes Mandel the Senate candidate so far, beyond his formidable fund raising, has been his lack of readiness, unsteady on the issues, throwing wild punches, in need of the seasoning a full term in the treasurer’s office would provide.”
While Josh Mandel was busy dodging both the issues and the voters, Senator Sherrod Brown was busy supporting more than 1,000 Ohio workers locked out of the Cooper Tire Plant in Findlay and standing shoulder to shoulder with Ohio law enforcement in support of a “national Blue Alert system aimed at capturing criminals who injure or kill law enforcement officials.”
Perhaps that’s why there’s been more D.C. special interest money spent to attack Sherrod Brown than any other Democratic senate candidate in the country?